Dance Instructors

Emily Boyd
Owner / Artistic Director / Lead Instructor


Emily Boyd is thrilled to be able to teach the majority of classes at Division Street Dance. She enjoys getting to know each and every one of the students and their families and takes great pride in her owner/lead instructor role.

Emily has been dancing ever since she could walk. She grew up in Owatonna, MN and attended Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance from the age of 3 until 18, where she took every class she could and also worked as a teaching assistant from ages 14-18. She went on to major in Dance and English here in Northfield at St. Olaf College, with an emphasis in Performance and Choreography. While at St. Olaf, she was a member of the modern-based performance group, CompanyDance, and had the opportunity to study with various artists, including Wynn Fricke, Joe Chvala, Barbara Thatcher, Cathy Young, David Dorfman, Janice Roberts, Anthony Roberts, Heather Klopchin, Sherry Saterstrom, and Anne Von Bibra. Several of Emily's choreographies were performed on the campus as well as at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Emily continued her dance education at the University of Oregon in the Master of Fine Arts program in Dance. There, she studied with Steven Chatfield, Jenifer Craig, Christian Cherry, Walter Kennedy, and Rita Honka, and was also was involved in the community of Eugene, teaching hip hop to middle school students at the area schools.

Before opening Division Street Dance in 2011, Emily taught at several dance studios, including Starlets Dance Studio here in Northfield, coached cheerleading at Eastview High School, and became certified as a Stott Pilates instructor. Emily also danced as a member of Ethnic Dance Theatre since 2005, based in Minneapolis, which is the only professional company of its kind in the entire country. She was also a member of its board of directors. 

Emily completed her MBA at Hamline University in 2011, and she and her husband Tony (St. Olaf '03)live in her hometown of Owatonna, where they enjoy spending their time with their 7 year old daughter, Clara, their 3 year old son, Gavin, and their pug, Ole. Emily loves to share her passion for dance at Division Street Dance, where she strives to bring her love of dance and movement to children and adults alike. 

Beth Pitchford

Instructor - Irish


Beth began Irish dancing by accident. Upon returning from living in Scotland for six months (2001), a friend referred her to a group to do Scottish Country Dancing. As it turned out, they did Irish ceili dancing. Beth gave it a try anyway and fell head over heels for the dance style!


She started step dancing the following year with the Drake School of Irish Dance (Atlanta, Georgia) and hasn't looked back yet (except to check to make sure she's kicking her bum). She helped run the Athens Irish Dancers (Athens, Georgia) and step danced for one of Atlanta's best contemporary Celtic bands, The Border Collies as well as the Athens, Georgia, band Banish Misfortune. She's started impromptu ceili and step abouts for Gaelic Storm, The Prodgials, Clandestine, Old Blind Dogs, and numerous other bands that graced Southern stages.


Beth has been competing in Irish dance since 2004, and has been to the following feiseanna: Peach State Feis 2004, 2005, 2006 (Atlanta); Rince na h’eireeann Feis 2005 (Charlotte, NC), Feis na Tara 2004, 2005, 2006 (Atlanta), and the Minnesota Feis 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012 (St. Paul) and the Twin Cities Feile 2008, 2012 (St. Paul) and continues to compete. She placed first in treble jig, reel, light jig, single jig and traditional set making her “Prizewinner level” in those dances (the highest an adult can receive) but has most recently "dropped down" to compete with the "and overs" which means she's competing with the 14, 15, and 16 year olds. She continues to place most dances in the top 5. The four hand and eight hand ceili teams she's been a part of have always recevied first place recognition.


The Irish dancers are part of the North Star Irish Dance program and perform at the Irish Music and Dance Association's Day of Dance and St. Patrick's Day Celebration. We also participate in the St. Paul St. Patrick's Day parade and Northfield's own Winter Walk. 

Harper Foote
Harper is a graduate of St. Olaf College where she majored in dance with a concentration in management. Harper has been dancing for about 20 years and has trained in a variety of styles including contemporary, lyrical, ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, tap, and musical theater. In addition to teaching dance, Harper also dances professionally in the Twin Cities as a company member for Alternative Motion Project and in other free-lance projects as they pop up. Beyond dancing, Harper enjoys spending time outside in any way, is passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation, and especially loves spending time with her family at their cabin in northern Wisconsin. 


Maddie Klein



Maddie Klein has been dancing since she was three years old. She grew up in Eden Prairie, MN and danced at Prairie School of Dance for fourteen years. She did jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and pointe. She also had the wonderful opportunity to be an assistant teacher for four years and absolutely loved interacting with her students and helping them grow as dancers and as people.  Maddie recently graduated from St. Olaf College where she studied Math and Chemistry.  Maddie was a member of the St. Olaf Dance Team for four years and was a captain her Junior and Senior years.  She is currently working at Twin Cities Orthopedics and applying to medical school.  Maddie is so excited to start her 4th year teaching at DSD and work with all of the enthusiastic dancers!



Abe Awes

Instructor - Hip Hop


Abe is a Hip Hop teacher and dancer from the Twin Cities who has been training for the past twelve years in Hip Hop as well as other styles of dance, including tap, jazz, and modern. He trained at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, taught at St. Olaf in the Hip Hop club, and is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota, with a BFA in Dance. He is excited to begin his fourth year teaching at DSD!

Kiara Jones



Kiara Jones is from South St. Paul and is a Junior at St. Olaf College majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Management. She’s been dancing since she was seven years old and has done genres such as ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and modern. Her primary dance form is Hip Hop and she is the co-founder/co-captain of a hip hop dance club at St. Olaf. She loves to choreograph, dance, and perform and hopes to run her own dance studio one day. 



Where to Find the Studio

Division Street Dance
 311 Division Street South

 Northfield, MN 55057

Phone: +1.507.202.9256
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Studio Hours

Mondays & Tuesdays 1:00-9:00

Wednesdays 3:30-8:00

Thursdays 3:30-9:00

Fridays 4:00-6:00


Please call or email to arrange alternative meetings.

Proud Home of

North Star School of Irish Dance

Employment Opportunities

Please email emily.boyd to inquire regarding teaching assisting, or administrative positions.

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